One of the cold hard facts of life is that someday, each one of us will pass away. Nobody knows the time or date, and it is that unknown that has haunted humanity since the beginning of time.
However what is equally haunting is when the cause of death of a loved one is known, and it was a result of someone else’s negligence.
When someone dies due to another’s negligence, a wrongful death suit may be necessary. A Florida wrongful death case could result from any type of personal injury case, such as medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, or even nursing home abuse.
The death of a loved one is a profoundly horrible event. Susan Lawson is devoted to helping families navigate through this difficult time. As an experienced wrongful death attorney in Florida, Ms. Lawson understands the importance of providing clients with answers to all of their legal questions. She also understands the importance of aggressively prosecuting wrongful death cases so that a full and absolute financial recovery is obtained for her clients.
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act
Wrongful Death cases in Florida are governed by a series of Florida Statutes known as Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, Sections 768.16-768.26. It is here that the Florida legislature describes their intent, which is, “to shift the losses resulting when wrongful death occurs from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer”. It also describes survivors as, “the decedent’s spouse, children, parents, and, when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services, any blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters. It includes the child born out of wedlock of a mother, but not the child born out of wedlock of the father unless the father has recognized a responsibility for the child’s support”.
to shift the losses resulting when wrongful death occurs from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer
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